Bushfire Information and Resources for Australia’s Tourism Industry
The following resources provide information about relief assistance for Australian tourism industry affected by the bushfires.
Tourism Australia resources
- Tourism Australia’s Travel Alerts page on Australia.com provides the latest information on travel alerts in Australia.
- Tourism Australia’s Australian bushfires: How you can help page highlights ways in which visitors can support Australia’s tourism industry. This includes travelling to unaffected areas, planning future trips, supporting local business while in Australia and where to donate to bushfire relief efforts.
- The Australian Bushfire Safety Tips page contains links to state-based fire authorities which provide real-time bushfire monitoring information. This page also has links to air quality monitoring.
Federal and State and Territory Government support available for affected communities
- The Federal Government announced a suite of measures to support impacted small businesses, including a grants program, concessional loans, tax relief and a dedicated Small Business Bushfire Financial Support Line. Visit www.business.gov.au or call 13 28 46 for more information.
- Applications for the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program opened on 17 February 2020. The program supports events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.
- Find information on financial support being offered by the Federal Government for those affected by the bushfires in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania here.
- The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Assistance hotline is delivering immediate disaster payments to impacted Australians. Payment claims can be made by calling 1802266.
- For assistance from individual State and Territory governments, click here for New South Wales, here for Victoria, here for South Australia, here for Tasmania and here for Queensland.
- There is also a combined Federal and State Government funding initiative, the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
- The Federal Government has issued a national bushfire recovery factsheet containing practical information which can be viewed here.
- The Federal Government announced a $76 million package to provide mental health support services to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by bushfires. Mental health support services include free counselling sessions, extra Medicare and tele-health consultations, an expansion of headspace services for young Australians, and community recovery initiatives.
- The Federal Government’s Department of Health has also released an information resource for Australians affected by bushfires which can be viewed here.
- The Federal Government has announced $50 million for emergency wildlife and habitat recovery.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry information resource for businesses
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also launched a website to help fire-affected small-to-medium-sized businesses access information.